Assistant Professor of Cognitive Robotics at the Donders Centre for Cognition

Assistant Professor of Cognitive Robotics at the Donders Centre for Cognition

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25 Oct 25 Nov Nijmegen

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Job description

Is it your goal to advance fundamental research in brain-inspired computing, as well as to develop new human-centered intelligent technology that improves the well-being of people? Then join one of the leading European neuroscience institutes as an assistant professor. You will delve into real robotic systems and algorithms for real-world applications, while working in a multidisciplinary environment with a diverse international staff.

The overarching goal of the department is to advance fundamental research in brain-inspired computing, broadly relevant to the research themes currently pursued by the Donders Institute, as well as to develop new human-centred intelligent technology to improve the well-being of people. We seek excellent candidates with a track record of relevant research in cognitive robotics. We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience with real robotic systems and developing algorithms for real-world applications.

You will be expected to conduct high-quality research, to apply for external funding, and to interact and collaborate with other researchers in academia and industry. You will be an inspiring member of staff, contributing to a safe and inclusive work environment. You will be expected to carry out normal teaching duties, with a reduced teaching load in the first year. As part of these duties, you will teach courses at BA and/or MA level and supervise BA and MA students.


Radboud University


  • You should hold a PhD degree in Cognitive Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, or a closely related field.
  • You have experience with robotic platforms, simulated and real. Experience with ROS is an advantage. 
  • You have excellent programming skills. 
  • Preferably you have some postdoctoral experience. 
  • You have an excellent track record in scientific research, as evidenced by publications in top-tier venues (e.g. IROS, ICRA). 
  • You have a proven ability to provide inspiring teaching in English. 
  • You have a Dutch university teaching qualification or are willing to obtain one.
  • You have experience with acquiring external funding and possess an entrepreneurial mindset. 
  • You are enthusiastic and are able to work in a team.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: It concerns a temporary employment for 18 months. Upon a positive performance evaluation at the end of this period, the contract may be converted into a permanent one.

  • It concerns an employment for 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €3,974 and a maximum of €5,439 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 11).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for 18 months. Upon a positive performance evaluation at the end of this period, the contract may be converted into a permanent one.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.


The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour is a world-class interfaculty research centre that houses more than 700 researchers devoted to understanding the mechanistic underpinnings of the human mind. Research at the Donders Institute is focused around four themes: 1. Language and communication, 2. Perception, action and control, 3. Plasticity and memory, 4. Neural computation and neurotechnology. Excellent, state-of-the-art research facilities are available for the broad range of neuroscience research that is being conducted at the Donders Institute. The Donders Institute has been assessed by an international evaluation committee as 'excellent' and recognised as a 'very stimulating environment for top researchers, as well as for young talent'. The Donders Institute fosters a collaborative, multidisciplinary, supportive research environment with a diverse international staff. English is the lingua franca at the Institute. 

Strategically located in Europe, Radboud University is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. A place with a personal touch, where top-flight education and research take place on a beautiful green campus in modern buildings with state-of-art facilities. You will be embedded in the AI Division of the Donders Centre for Cognition (DCC) and the School of Artificial Intelligence (AI), both part of the Faculty of Social Sciences. The AI Department is also one of the founding partners of Radboud AI and the ELLIS Unit Nijmegen. You will join the Foundations of Intelligent Technology group, headed by Dr Serge Thill. The department operates a number of robotic platforms, including several Naos, a Pepper, and a UR5e arm.

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor; Research, development, innovation; Education
  • Behaviour and society; Natural sciences; Engineering
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1198983



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